[The EU is so wrong, as usual] Whois is dead as Europe hands DNS overlord ICANN 
its arse


        In a letter [PDF] sent this week to DNS overseer ICANN,
        Europe's data protection authorities have effectively killed off the
        current service, noting that it breaks the law and so will be illegal
        come 25 May, when GDPR comes into force.  The letter also has harsh
        words for ICANN's proposed interim solution, criticizing its vagueness
        and noting it needs to include explicit wording about what can be done
        with registrant data, as well as introduce auditing and compliance
        functions to make sure the data isn't being abused.  ICANN now has a
        little over a month to come up with a replacement to the decades-old
        service that covers millions of domain names and lists the personal
        contact details of domain registrants, including their name, email and
        telephone number.

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Nobody NEEDS an Internet domain for non-business purposes. And if
you're using a domain name for business purposes, your full
identification, address, and other contact information should be
openly available just like with public business license information
and other public business data. It's the hiding of this data that has
permitted spam, phishing operations, and other crooks to flourish, and
the registries, registrars, and now the EU -- as usual on the wrong
side of every Internet issue these days -- are directly complicit in
these crimes by creating a shield behind which these monsters can
operate. The EU: Pro-crime! Pro-censorship! They make Russia and China
look like amateurs when it comes to 21st century information tyranny.
Show me the switch to cut the EU off from the rest of the Internet and
I'll pull it.

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